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15 Mar

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Why Getting Involved on Campus Makes or Breaks Your College Career

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My name is Alex Perlak. I am an aspiring Financial Analyst majoring in Mathematics on the Actuarial Science track from West Hempstead, Long Island, New York. In high school, I knew I wanted to get involved the very minute I learned what the Student Council and Key Club did for my community back home. At the end of my four years, I became the president of five clubs and graduated in the top 10% of my class. But enough about high school, as those days are in the past; I am writing to discuss why you should get involved in college.

Since high school, I’ve always had a passion for giving back to the community. I definitely want to join as many clubs and organizations as possible to eventually reach out to the community and greater Newburgh and to give back to the campus that gave me the opportunity to earn a college degree. I joined eight clubs during my freshman year while balancing theatre and my academic studies. I enjoyed every minute of my freshman year. I became involved in the Dominican Scholars of Hope, a community service based organization that serves our community as a whole; became an officer of the Delta Leadership Society, a club whose mission was to give back to the school and area surrounding it; and I also joined the Student Government Association as the freshman class president. With the help of my peers, mentors, and members of the faculty, I learned so much about the opportunities this campus has to offer. I joined clubs, made friends, earned leadership experience, and had the best time one could ask for by getting involved on campus.

I sometimes believe that I can be shy at times, and I almost didn’t join some of these clubs because I was afraid I wasn’t going to fit in. But the chip on my shoulder said to go for it and I did. If you are someone who is worried about joining a club, or running for a position on the executive board of a club, hear my advice: college is what you make of it and getting involved in something, whether it be sports, intramurals, clubs, or organizations, is going to help you grow as a person in your college experience. It is never too late to join or even start a club at the Mount. I currently serve as the club assembly senator of the Student Government Association. It is my mission to create a welcoming environment for current and prospective students to have fun and enjoy activities that pertain to them. I oversee the management of over 30 clubs at the Mount, and it is very rewarding to me to see people have fun based on the different interests they possess.

Again, it is never too late to get involved. Especially at the Mount, we value each student as a member of our family, and we would love to see you at a future club, organization, or intramural meeting soon.


If you have any questions about the Club Assembly or need more information about getting involved on campus, don’t hesitate to contact me at aper6101@my.msmc.edu

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12 Mar

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My First Year: Challenges and Triumphs

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For the Office of Student Success, freshman student Erin Gokey shares her experiences changing her major and commuting on the blog today!

While applying to colleges, I knew I did not want to go away to school. I chose to commute, so I applied only to schools within a 45 minute radius from my house. Needless to say, the first and only college I visited was Mount Saint Mary College. From the moment I stepped on campus, I knew that this was the place that I wanted to be. Everyone was so nice and accepting, and there was so much for students to do, even as a commuter.

Choosing a major was not hard for me at all. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, and being in the education program means to focus in on a subject area for your major. I decided to major in General Science. That was not for me, however. For the first semester, I was working two jobs and enrolled in 17 credits for the semester. It was a lot: I got pre-occupied really quickly and did not manage my time at all. Because of this,  I did not do great at all in my classes, and that was such a letdown.

Finally, I decided to talk to my academic coach about what I could do differently. I decided to change my major from General Science to English, and then get tutoring for the rest of the semester. It was pretty late in the semester when I decided to go and get help though, so unfortunately I was placed on Academic Probation for the second semester. With this, you are limited to the amount of credits you can take during the semester. This was terrible news for me; I was extremely upset. I did know that it was probably the best option for me, but it still is not the best thing to hear. While having to limit myself with the amount of classes to take for the semester did help me get back on track, I wish I had asked for help sooner in the semester, instead of being stubborn and thinking I didn’t need the help. My advice to you: Do not be afraid to ask for help, especially when it comes to your grades. Communicating with your academic coach or your advisor is the most beneficial thing you can do: they know all of the answers and will help you figure out what you can do, regardless of the situation.

Deciding to attend the Mount was by far the best decision I think I have ever made. Yeah, commuting is hard. Especially when you wake up late and the mountain is closed… but to come here, it’s totally worth it. Challenge yourself and manage your time properly. Time management is the key to success.

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06 Mar

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“Life is a Journey” – Making the Most of Your World

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We make decisions in our life every day. Whether it’s something small like what to eat for breakfast or something on the larger scale like making a difference in people’s lives, we make these decisions to not only benefit ourselves but for everyone we come into contact with. Christina Mistretta, a senior at the Mount, has just made a decision that will change her life (and others’ lives!) for the better. Christina will be traveling across the world to Tanzania, Africa this July. She has accepted a position in the Peace Corps as a secondary education science teacher.

Christina on a service trip in Ecuador

Christina’s life during college has been all about big decisions. Her first was choosing to attend Mount Saint Mary College to study Biology- Adolescent Education. Coming from Brooklyn, NY, Christina was excited for this chapter in her life in an environment she wasn’t used to. She fell in love with the Mount and everything it had to offer her. Once she was here, she wasted no time in getting involved. Christina became an active member in Habitat for Humanity and had a huge role as the president and founder of our Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassadors program. She is also a chair member on the Student Honors Council.

This wasn’t enough for Christina, though. She wanted to do more all around campus, so she decided to apply to be a resident assistant. After receiving word as a freshman that she had been accepted, Christina couldn’t wait to get started. Becoming an RA was a huge decision she had to make and she took it a step further for her senior year by becoming a senior RA (SRA), which is a step above a regular RA. Three years in Res Life has changed Christina’s life. She explained that she has met people that she can call friends for the rest of her life and she has had experiences she hopes to take with her through life.

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04 Mar

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19 Things To Do Before Graduation

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19. Meet new people

It is never too late to meet someone new. Before graduating, try talking to someone you have never met before. Who knows, maybe that one person will become a friend you will have forever.

18. Attend an event on campus you have never been to

Throughout your four years at the Mount, there have been many events hosted. You have probably been to a lot of them but try to go to one you’ve never been before. This is just a good way to try something new.

17. Use all of your resources

After graduation, we’re probably never going to have all of the resources we have here available to us all the time such as the library, writing center, and athletic trainers.

16. Explore the area around campus

We live in a beautiful area of the Hudson Valley. Go explore what it has to offer.

15. Hike Mount Beacon

A popular activity to do for Mount students is going down to Beacon and hiking. If you haven’t done this yet, you have to do it at least once. Who knows if you’ll ever be this close to a beautiful hiking trail again?

14. Go on a late night Alexis Diner run with your friends

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26 Feb

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Meet the Mount: Angelica Rolka ’20

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In our “Meet the Mount” series, we’ll be highlighting some of the Mount’s people – our students, faculty, staff, and alumni – who make this college the wonderful community it is.

Angelica Rolka ’20


Class Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Campus Activities/Jobs: Get Creative Club, Library Worker

Favorite spot on campus: The Forgotten Stairwell Loop in the Dominican Center

Career aspirations: To become a midwife, then Nursing professor

One word to describe the Mount: Close-knit

“The Mount was my #1 college choice after visiting it just once,” says Angelica Rolka ’20.
“I was very shy when I first started out, avoiding all the freshman activities and keeping to myself in the dorm room,” she reminisces. “My freshman roommate, now best friend, Emily Fricano, was the first Mount person I talked to and connected with. Now you can see me sitting in the View chatting away with Father Greg and many other Mount students.”

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